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Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Expands Popular Train Rides

CUMBERLAND, MD (August 3rd) – For the first time since 2019, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is operating sold-out passenger train rides through Mountain Maryland. The railroad’s popular Ice Cream Trains have welcomed over 1,000 passengers over two weekends to downtown Cumberland station. The Ice Cream train will expand to include departures from Frostburg on…

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August 3, 2021

Western Maryland Appoints Interim Executive Director

As of June 9, 2021, the Board of Directors of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR) unanimously voted to appoint Wesley Heinz to the position of interim executive director while Mr. John Garner, current director, was granted a 60-day sabbatical to address health and family concerns. Mr. Heinz comes to WMSR with extensive experience and…

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June 9, 2021

Celebrating No. 734’s 105th Birthday

No. 734 recently turned 105 years old! While it has become a much-loved icon on the Western Maryland Scenic, no. 734 is not actually an authentic Western Maryland steam locomotive.

No. 734 was built as part of an order of large 2-8-0’s for the Lake Superior & Ishpeming (LS&I) Railroad of Marquette, Michigan. Built as the…

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April 19, 2021

Western Maryland Scenic 2021 Excursion Plans

In March of 2020, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad shuttered operations as the world was shaken by the far-reaching global impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are now thrilled to announce that, at long last, we are re-opening our doors to the public once more! As we progress through the 2021 season we will be…

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April 9, 2021

Railroad Maintenance Partnership Announced

One of the most vital aspects of any organization is community involvement and partnership. Since its inception, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad has been operating between Cumberland and Frostburg over trackage owned by Allegany County. The railroad has been responsible for maintaining this trackage, with a yearly allocation of funding. Despite this, many of the…

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March 27, 2021

Planning for 2021

Due to COVID-19 we were forced to shutter operations and lay off much of our staff in March of 2020, resulting in a major loss of operating revenue. With limited paid staff and a small group of dedicated volunteers, we are making steady progress daily to reopen and completely reinvent the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad….

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March 25, 2021

A New Year in Steam

On the last day of 2020, steam locomotive no. 1309 took its first steps under steam in 64 years! Go behind the scenes on this monumental effort to bring steam back to the Western Maryland. Click here to make a donation and help us step into 2021!

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January 5, 2021

An Autumn Appeal to Steam the Last Baldwin into the Future!

Dear Volunteers, Members, & Supporters: The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR) continues to fulfill our mission to preserve and operate historic railroad equipment through safe, unique, and educational experiences. In 2019, 35,000 passengers climbed aboard our rolling time machine, whether for a regularly scheduled excursion or one of our signature events. In 2020 we were ‘on-track’ to surpass 35,000 visitors, complete the Western Maryland steam locomotive no. 1309, continue track improvement plans, conduct multiple car enhancements and other visual improvements that are key to maintaining great relationships within our community. COVID-19 changed our dreams, but it hasn’t stopped our progress. During this Autumn Appeal fundraising event, we are seeking to match, and surpass, a $30,000 donor challenge. With this donor challenge, Western Maryland Scenic will complete the final restoration of the no. and pursue needed capital improvements. The completion of…

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October 7, 2020

The Western Maryland Scenic to Revisit Operations in 2021

CUMBERLAND, MD- ​COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on Allegany County’s most visual, audible, and ground-shaking community drivers: The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR). Like many businesses in the region, the Western Maryland has endured an abrupt shutdown and subsequent restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the railroad studied how guidelines and precautions could be implemented into its operations, it invested in a new website and ticketing system, acquired several vintage passenger cars, and restarted the restoration of Western Maryland steam locomotive no. 1309. With the task of restoring 1309 entering its final phase, the railroad has decided to re-open again in 2021. Any pre-sold ticket holders may contact the railroad to reschedule their visit for 2021, donate their pre-sold ticket value to the organization, or speak with a reimbursement representative. The 2021 operating season features family-friendly offerings and signature…

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September 9, 2020

Two Great Ways to Support 1309!

We’re pleased to announce two great ways to support the ongoing work to restore 1309! Our brand new online gift store is now offering 1309 Merchandise, including an attractive 1309 hat and mug! Click here to start shopping. Starting August 1st, all donations of $100 or more will be entered to win a chance to…

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August 22, 2020

End of a journey – and the start of another

Sometimes on a long journey, it’s impossible to know just how far you’ve come until you’re almost at the end. And the long adventure of breathing life back into Western Maryland steam locomotive no. 1309 is nearing an important conclusion. Several years ago, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad undertook this massive endeavor with the goal…

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July 27, 2020

Emery Trust grants $50,000 toward finishing 1309 restoration

From Trains Magazine: CUMBERLAND, Md. — The Emery Rail Heritage Trust and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad are pleased to announce the trust has issued a special mid-year grant of $50,000 to help complete 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 as part of the “Steam the Last Baldwin” fundraising campaign.The grant will go toward $150,000 needed to complete…

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July 24, 2020